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Earlier we recorded a packed Sunday Special in front of a live online audience of our supporters. As always, it was the best podcast of the week. This week Martin, Vicky and myself were joined by Trade Unionist, Activist and podcaster (The Week at Work) Michelle Byrne, Mr Irish election projections himself, Harry McEvansoneya and Gaza based journal…
 
(TW: This short podcast contains audio that some listeners may find distressing)We were joined by our friend in Gaza, journalist Hana Salah to get an update on the tragic events of the last 24 hours and on the status of any peace talks. Hana outlines what has happened and why the Palestinian demands have only increased as the bombardments have done…
 
We were up early talking with our friend in Gaza, journalist, Hana Salah. She explained how the relentless air strikes have forced families from homes and into already overcrowded areas, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hana outlines the current situation, with Israeli soldiers amassing on the border, and why she feels an invasion will not h…
 
This week’s Floating Voter podcast on Independent.ie took a look at how social media abuse should be tackled by the Government.Fianna Fáil’s Niamh Smyth and Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly shared their own experiences of some of the hate they have received online.Deputy O’Reilly revealed that she was this week contacted by Gardaí who inquired about her…
 
British broadcaster and writer James O’Brien has built a loyal listenership on his LBC radio programme, dissecting the opinions of callers live on air every day. In his 2018 book, How To Be Right... in a World gone Wrong, he set out his opinions on Islam, Brexit, political correctness, LGBT issues, feminism, Trump and other flash points. Now his la…
 
Holly Cairns is the Social Democrats spokesperson on agriculture, food and the marine, and further and higher education and disability. ***** I try to steer away from jargon on this podcast, but I’ve got two jargon words to give you here. The words are MUP and BOGOF. Before I tell you what those mean, let […] The post Here's How 120 – Levelling the…
 
Joining Iain Dale on Cross Question this week are former Labour Foreign Secretary and Labour MP for Nottingham South Dame Margaret Beckett, Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight Bob Seely, ex-footballer and mental health campaigner Clarke Carlisle, and journalist and campaigner Joan Smith.By LBC
 
TW: This podcast contains audio that some listeners may find disturbingWe've just finished recording another podcast with our friend in Gaza, journalist, Hana Salah. She talks us through what has been happening since we last spoke and I have to be honest, I'm finding it very hard to compose myself as the sound of explosions were far too close and t…
 
Rising rents, falling wages, collapsing home ownership, increasing unemployment: hard data is finally backing up the experience of intergenerational inequality that is leaving millennials in Ireland worse off than their parents. This week, we're joined by Dr Barra Roantree, an economist from the ESRI, and one of the people behind a new report that …
 
The political focus has shifted from the pandemic to the housing crisis, with Taoiseach Micheal Martin this week declaring it the Government’s “number one priority”. Jack Horgan Jones and Pat Leahy join Hugh to discuss the political decisions and policy failures that have led to the crisis and the resulting generational divide.But first, not escapi…
 
Regular listeners of the tortoise shack would be familiar with our friend and frequent contributor, Gaza based journalist, Hana Salah. As tensions in the region have been rising over the last few days, with evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem and attempts to stop Muslims praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, things have tragically…
 
Denis Staunton talks to Hugh about the results of last Friday's local and regional elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The results have thrown up many stories, including how Labour's leader Keir Starmer contrived to turn a setback into a leadership crisis, and how pro-independence politicians increase their dominance of the Scottish parliamen…
 
The sale of 170 houses to an Investment Fund has sparked a conversation amongst the public that listeners of the shack will have been having for several years. But what does Generation Rent and the Locked-out Generation really mean? To discuss this we were joined in the Tortoise Shack by activist and long-time friend of the pod, Mary Coogan and Act…
 
This week for the Live Sunday Special it was a pleasure to be joined by founder of the Muslim Sisters of Eire, Lorraine O'Connor, Madrid based Professor Joe Haslam and Architect, Orla Hegarty.We discussed the Covid Poverty that has seen demand for Muslim Sisters of Eire's services almost overwhelmed, the public anger at the housing crisis reaching …
 
This week, Soc Dems TD Cian O'Callaghan joins us to discuss the boiling point that peaked this week regarding Ireland's housing crisis. This is a fascinating conversation with a TD who breaks down what's wrong with Fine Gael's housing policy, the shared equity scheme in the government's bill, REITs and investment funds buying up estates, apartment …
 
Special Correspondent with the Irish Examiner, Mick Clifford, joined Tony to host a debate on the solutions to the issue of Bogus Self Employment.Unite Trade Unionist, Brendan Ogle and our own Martin McMahon, discuss the draft proposals emerging from the Oireachtas Social Welfare Committee, with particular focus on a Statutory Code of Practice, the…
 
It was a pleasure to be joined in the tortoise shack by Writer, Author and Troubles historian, Dr Gareth Mulvenna. We discussed the recent scenes of violence, the echoes of the past, the fissures in Loyalism and why it remains true that those who refuse to learn from history are determined to repeat it. Gareth expresses his frustration at the natur…
 
For decades, Ireland has used a low corporation tax rate to attract foreign direct investment. That is now threatened by a major tax reform plan announced by US president Joe Biden, which proposes to tax the overseas earnings of US corporations at 21 per cent. Talks are also taking place at the OECD on a global minimum level of corporate tax, which…
 
It was a pleasure to be rejoined in the tortoise shack by investigative reporter with Noteworthy, Niall Sargent, to discuss his latest 2 part report into Ireland's carbon emissions. Niall talks us through the key findings and tells us where we are starting to get things right, but also points out where we need to see significant improvements. We di…
 
This Reboot Republic podcast talks to Sandrine Ndahiro, a PhD student in Contemporary African Literature at the University of Limerick and co-producer of the documentary Unsilencing Black Voices which details personal stories and accounts of racism experienced by members of the black community in Ireland. Sandrine, explains that they developed the …
 
We've just finished recording our 40th Live Sunday Special and it was terrific. Joining Martin and Tony were Actor, Writer and Adoption Rights Activist, Noelle Brown, Writer, Leadership Coordinator and Human Rights Activist, Emma DeSouza and Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster, Dawn Foster.Noelle talks us through the latest "update" on the Mother an…
 
Nicolas Šustr is the city development and transport editor for the German newspaper formerly known as Neues Deutschland now known as ND. ***** We’re going to have a new leader of the DUP. Leaders of the DUP are generally not anyone’s favourite person, unless that anyone happens to be a DUP supporter. As an aside […] The post Here's How 119 – Concre…
 
It was a pleasure to be joined by Human Rights Lawyer with Phoenix Law, Darragh Mackin and Sinn Féin Senator, Lynn Boylan, to discuss the re-traumatising of the victims and families of the Stardust fire. Darragh tells us about the inequality built into the States current method of access to justice and Lynn talks about the feelings of those impacte…
 
What led to Arlene Foster's ouster this week, who will succeed her and what will it mean for politics on the island? To find out we talk to Sam McBride of the Belfast Newsletter. Then Pat Leahy and Jennifer Bray look at the other big political news of the week: the major moves towards reopening the country, and the surprise resignation of Fine Gael…
 
Half of Killarney National Park was burnt by devastating fires this week due to 'countryside burning', something that has become an annual ritual. The Mourne Mountains suffered a similar fate. And many, many other hills and mountainous areas.We talk to Pádraic Fogarty of the Irish Wildlife Trust about why these fires are started, what CAP payments …
 
We were joined in this Policed - Echo Chamber crossover podcast by Liam Herrick, Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. We talk about the report on the Coroners' System, authored by Prof Phil Scraton and Dr Gillian McNaul, which ICCL launched last week. Vicky and Liam talk about why the coroners system matters, what families a…
 
Andrea Leadsom - Former Business Secretary, former Environment Secretary, former Leader of the House of Commons and Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire | James Harding - Editor and Co-founder of Tortoise, former Director of BBC News | Lisa Nandy - Shadow Foreign Secretary and Labour MP for Wigan | George Monbiot - Columnist for The Guardian …
 
For much of the pandemic, the Independent Scientific Advocacy Group (ISAG) has recommended that Ireland should aggressively suppress virus transmission as part of a zero-Covid policy. That strategy has, however, failed to find favour with either the Government or health officials. As we prepare for the next phase of reopening in May, ISAG spokesper…
 
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